Clear Vision, Safe Glasses: Understanding the Importance of Eyewear Testing

In the dynamic world of eyewear manufacturing, delivering products that blend style with reliable performance is of paramount importance. Manufacturers strive to meet the needs of their customers while achieving compliance with rigorous safety standards. As an indispensable part of quality control, eyewear testing emerges as a critical tool for manufacturers looking to sell eyewear in any market. In this blog post, we'll explain why eyewear testing is crucial to ensuring your products' performance, safety, and regulatory compliance.

Why Do You Need Eyewear Testing?

Eyewear testing is a vital step for every kind of eyewear product, as it helps make sure the product meets customer expectations of performance and safety, and meets international regulatory and industry standards. Here are 5 reasons manufacturers should put their products through rigorous eyewear testing.

1. Ensure Regulatory Compliance

Eyewear laboratory testing regulations are in place to ensure that all glasses products are of high quality, meet industry standards, and do not pose any health or safety threats to their users. As a manufacturer, complying with these regulations not only ensures you can sell your product in your destination market, but also reduces the risk of recalls, increases the integrity of your products, and gives assurance to your consumers that you are serious about their safety. Working with accredited laboratory experts helps you ensure you’re getting the right tests to achieve compliance.

Eyewear testing can help ensure compliance with a wide variety of international standards, including:

Eyewear-related Standards

International / European Standards

Australia / New Zealand

USA National Standards

China, Canada, other standards

Spectacle frames

ISO 12870

EN ISO 12870


ISO 12870

ANSI Z80.5

GB/T 14214

JIS B 7285

Spectacle lenses

ISO 14889

EN ISO14889

ISO 21987

EN ISO 21987


ISO 14889


ISO 21987

ANSI Z80.1

GB/T 13511.1

GB/T 13511.2 (mounted)

GB 10810.1

GB 10810.2

GB 10810.3

Reading glasses

ISO 16034

EN 14139


ISO 16034

ANSI Z80.31

GB 10810.1

GB/T 13511.3


ISO 12312.1



ANSI Z80.3

GB 39522.1 China

CNS 15067Taiwan

Ski goggles

EN 174

ISO 18527-1 (mandatory and will replace EN 174 in Nov 2024)

AS/NZS 18527-1


GB/T 40047

Eye protectors

EN 166


ISO 16321-1 (mandatory and will replace EN 166 in Nov 2024)

ISO 16321-2

ISO 16321-3

AS/NZS 1337.1

AS/NZS 1337.6 (Rx use)



GB/T 14866

GB 32166.1

CSA Z94.3

JIS T 8141 / JIS T 8147

Sport use Goggles

EN 13178 snowmobile

EN 1938 Motorcycle

ISO 18527-2 for squash & racquetball

ISO 18527-3 for swimming

AS/NZS 18527-2 for squash & racquetball

AS/NZS 18527-3 swimming


ASTM F3077

ASTM F2713

ASTM F2812

JIS 7301 Swimming

QB/T 4734 Swimming

Nickel release and other relevant chemical tests

ISO/TS 24348


GB/T 38009


CPSIA requirements

Total Lead

Total Cadmium


2. Protect Against Liability Claims and Recalls

If a product defect or operational failure is discovered and leads to injury or harm to a user, the manufacturer may face costly litigation or recalls. Adopting and adhering to eyewear laboratory testing protects a company from these liabilities and the time and costs of product recalls.

For example, an eyewear defect that could lead to recalls or legal issues is the use of substandard materials in the frame, which may cause the frame to break easily under normal usage conditions. This could potentially result in the lenses dislodging from the frame and causing injury to the wearer's eyes or face. By identifying weak or substandard materials during testing, manufacturers can make necessary changes to the frame design or choose more appropriate materials or designs before mass production, ultimately preventing product recalls and potential legal disputes.

3. Enhance the Safety of Products and Consumers

An unrevealed flaw or defect in a glasses product may lead to accidents, injuries, and in serious cases, fatalities. For example, safety glasses are used in a variety of workplaces to protect workers eyes from exposure to hazardous substances and physical damage. If the eyewear product is defective or low-quality, it leaves the wearer at risk. Laboratory testing assists in identifying potential flaws in the glasses product so that they can be corrected before the glasses go to market. This process reduces the risk of injury and ensures the safety of the consumer, which in turn, promotes customer loyalty and brand credibility.

4. Meet Performance Standards

Eyewear laboratory testing measures the quality and functionality of glasses products. It examines the strength, durability, impact resistance, and more of lenses, frames, hinges, nose pads, and every other part of the glasses. Knowing that your product is in compliance with common performance standards gives you the confidence to showcase the quality of the product and compete favorably in the marketplace.

Common types of eyewear testing to ensure performance (as well as safety and compliance) include:

5. Improve Your Company’s Reputation and Sales

Increased safety, effectiveness, and quality of products are critical components in building a good reputation. Consumers expect the products they use to meet the highest safety and performance standards. By employing precautionary and risk-reducing measures like laboratory testing, your company wins consumer trust, earns loyalty, and ultimately increases sales and profitability.

Why Choose Accredited Laboratories for Eyewear Testing?

The role of accredited laboratories in eyewear testing cannot be overstated. These specialized facilities bring forth a myriad of benefits, including unrivaled expertise, adherence to international standards, and the ability to provide trustworthy and reliable results. By entrusting your eyewear products to accredited laboratories, you ensure that they undergo rigorous testing processes, ultimately leading to enhanced performance, regulatory compliance, and customer satisfaction. For example, Hong Kong Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (HOKLAS) is a voluntary accreditation scheme that shows the laboratory complies with the highest international standards for product testing.

With a firm commitment to quality control and consumer safety, QIMA’s HOKLAS- and CNAS-accredited laboratories elevate the reputation of your brand, instilling confidence in your customers and setting you apart in a competitive market. Embrace the power of accredited laboratories, where precision and reliability converge to redefine the world of eyewear manufacturing.

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